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3 October 1996 (UK) See more »
Ross Poldark returns from war to right wrongs and reunite with the love of his life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Bowe ... Ross Poldark
Mel Martin ... Demelza
Michael Attwell ... George Warleggan

Ioan Gruffudd ... Jeremy Poldark

Kelly Reilly ... Clowance Poldark

Nicholas Gleaves ... Stephen Cravenson

Gabrielle Lloyd ... Jane Gimlet
Sarah Carpenter ... Lady Harriet

Hans Matheson ... Ben Carter

Amanda Ryan ... Cuby Trevanion
James Saxon ... Prince Regent

Nicholas Rowe ... Lord Edward Fitzmaurice

Andrew Readman ... Dr. Dwight Enys
Fiona Victory ... Caroline Enys
Patrick Pearson ... Canning
John Boswall ... Cary Warleggan
Tom Mannion ... John Trevanion

Michael Troughton ... Duke of Leeds
Jonathan McGuinness ... Paul Kellow
Geoffrey Larder ... Jack Kellow
Nicola Wheeler ... Violet Kellow
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Albion ... Preventive Man 1
Bruce Barnden ... Harry 2
Sean Barrett ... Henry Harvey
Colin Mayes ... Harry 1
Kevin Molloy ... Tom
Hugh Munroe ... Vicar
Jeremy Peters ... David
Daniel Settatree ... Attendant
Tim Treslove ... Preventive Man 2

Directed by
Richard Laxton 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Winston Graham  novel "The Stranger from the Sea"

Produced by
Sally Haynes .... producer
Original Music by
Ian Hughes 
Casting by
Sarah Bird 
Production Design by
Humphrey Bangham 
Costume Design by
Rosalind Ebbutt 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simon Morris .... third assistant director
Art Department
Paul de Csernatony .... dressing prop
Mitch Niclas .... stand-by propman
Mike Roberts .... dressing prop
Duncan Wheeler .... production buyer
Sound Department
Chinna Boapeah .... boom operator
Richard Flynn .... sound mixer
Keith Marriner .... adr editor
Keith Marriner .... dialogue editor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amanda Keable .... costume design assistant
Location Management
Mark Gladwin .... location assistant
Charlie Woodhouse .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Quentin Williams .... music advisor
Transportation Department
Tim Jefferis .... facilities driver
Richard Watkins .... facilities captain
Ian Yea .... facilities driver
Other crew
Rob Partridge .... armourer
Kathrine Smith .... Script Editor

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102 min
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The dark velvet Spencer with white frog closures worn by Sarah Carpenter (Lady Harriet) while reading George Warleggan's letter is the same costume worn by Natasha Little (Becky Sharp) while speaking to Mr. Wenham in the street in "Vanity Fair" (1998), and by Romola Garai (Emma Woodhouse) in church in "Emma" (2009).See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Skip this, watch the 2015 and especially 1975 versions instead, 15 August 2016
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

What a mess and a waste of a talented cast. Easily the worst 'Poldark' adaptation, and that is saying a huge amount seeing as the 1975 version is a masterpiece and the 2015 series while with minor flaws is otherwise great and often magnificent.

The only redeeming merits of this adaptation are some beautiful scenery and costumes and a highly credible Demelza in Mel Martin, played with plenty of fire and emotion. The cast is a talented one on the whole but are practically wasted, waste of talent is a big bugbear of mine and is just unacceptable. John Bowe has the looks but not the charisma for Poldark, and his chemistry with Martin nowhere near sizzles, instead as bland as soggy sandwiches.

Ioan Gruffudd is very awkward and doesn't look comfortable in any way, while Kelly Reilly's performance is devoid of any expression of any kind. The worst asset is the storytelling, which is rushed, very jumpy and often abrupt, giving a sense of incompleteness, and it makes most events and subplots very difficult to follow. The editing is also all over the place, sometimes choppy, sometimes chaotic and sometimes sloppy, while the direction is ham-fisted and heavy-handed and the script is dreary and startlingly amateurish.

All in all, watch the 1975 and 2015 versions instead. This is easily skip-able and best forgotten. 2/10 Bethany Cox

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